Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The Bizarre Tale Of Thorolf Sledgehammer And His Army Of Magical Cats

A curious figure named Thorolf Sledgehammer can be found in a brief passage within the pages of the Vatnsdæla Saga, a text dated to...

The Tale Of Chundo—A Man Sentenced To Trial By Combat And Stoning For Illegal Hunting

King Guntram of Burgundy (r. 561-593) and his entourage of guards and courtiers went on a hunting trip around the year 590 into the...

Queen Faileuba’s Destruction Of The Servant, Septimima

Members of the Frankish Merovingian Dynasty, especially in their heyday of the 5th, 6th, and early 7th centuries, were known to be a ruthless...

The Pointed Death Of Count Waddo

In the 6th-century, there lived a wealthy woman named Beretrude who somehow became a great landowner in the domain of the Franks and lorded...

Thor, Hymir and the Midgard Serpent, illustrated by W.G. Collingwood (c. 1854 – 1932)

This illustration, created by the English artist W.G. Collingwood (1854 - 1932), was produced in 1908 as a visual aid for an English translation...

Niccolò Machiavelli

Niccolò Machiavelli (c. 1469-1527) "It cannot be called virtue to kill one's fellow-citizens, betray one's friends, be without faith, without pity, and without religion; by...

Chief Joseph

Chief Joseph (Nez Percé/Nimiipuu leader, c. 1840-1904) "Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and...

Aeneas Crowns Cloanthus, Painted by Ferdinand Bol (c. 1616-1680)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Ferdinand Bol (c. 1616-1680), re-creates a scene from the Aeneid, a poem by the Roman poet, Virgil (c....

Samson Captured by the Philistines, by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (c. 1591–1666)

This painting was finished in the year 1619 by the Italian artist, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (aka Guercino, c. 1591–1666). As the piece was commissioned...

The Sacrifice of Polyxena at the Tomb of Achilles, painted by Giovanni Battista Pittoni the Younger (c. 1687-1767)

This painting, created by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Pittoni the Younger (c. 1687-1767), was inspired by the tragic myth of Polyxena, a Trojan...

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The Ironic Tale Of Di Shan’s Pacifistic Downfall

Di Shan was a scholarly official in the employ of China’s Emperor Wu (r. 141-87 BCE). In his advice, he had a reputation to...

Coriolanus At The Gates Of Rome, Painted By Franz Anton Maulbertsch (c. 1724–1796)

This painting, by the Austrian artist Franz Anton Maulbertsch (c. 1724–1796), was inspired by an ancient Roman Legend. Standing center stage by the tree...

Alexander the Great At The Battle Of The Granicus Against The Persians, Painted By Cornelis Troost (c. 1697-1750)

This painting, created by the Dutch artist Cornelis Troost (c. 1697-1750), was inspired by the Battle of the Granicus, fought between Alexander the Great...

Lucan

Lucan (c. 39-65) "The name of peace is luring us to our doom. The nations would not mine iron from pits whose depths plunge ever deeper, nor...

Aeneas Crowns Cloanthus, Painted by Ferdinand Bol (c. 1616-1680)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Ferdinand Bol (c. 1616-1680), re-creates a scene from the Aeneid, a poem by the Roman poet, Virgil (c....

The Bizarre Tale Of Thorolf Sledgehammer And His Army Of Magical Cats

A curious figure named Thorolf Sledgehammer can be found in a brief passage within the pages of the Vatnsdæla Saga, a text dated to...

The Sacrifice of Polyxena at the Tomb of Achilles, painted by Giovanni Battista Pittoni the Younger (c. 1687-1767)

This painting, created by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Pittoni the Younger (c. 1687-1767), was inspired by the tragic myth of Polyxena, a Trojan...

Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi (Japanese samurai, duelist, artist, construction worker, and author, c. 1584-1645 CE) "Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over...

Anna Komnene

Anna Komnene (c. 1083-1153) "That is the way of all the barbarians: their mouths gape wide for gifts and money, but they have no intention...

The Tale Of Rome Trying To Ward Off A Plague Through Kindness

Around the year 399 BCE, the Roman Republic was reportedly hit by a terrible plague. The outbreak of disease was so bad that the...

The Ancient Dance-Off Of Mercenaries Outside Of Cotyora

  A Greek mercenary company known to history as the ‘Ten Thousand’ joined the rebellious Cyrus the Younger in a revolt against the Persian King...

The Odd Lifestyle Of Zhou Ren

  In China during the 2nd century BCE, there lived an interesting fellow named Zhou Ren. He hailed from the region now known as Jining,...

10 Wise Quotes From Anna Komnene

Check out our Youtube channel HERE. Anna Komnene was born to Emperor Alexios and Empress Eirene in 1083, just two years after Alexios wrested the...

10 Insightful Thucydides Quotes

Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE) was an Athenian general and historian who lived through the Peloponnesian War (c. 431-404 BCE) between Athens and Sparta. He...

Ten Mysterious Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 to David and Elizabeth Poe, two actors who lived in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Unfortunately, David...

10 Witty Quotes From Benjamin Franklin

Over the course of his life, Benjamin Franklin (1706- 1790) underwent a tremendous transformation, from a poorly educated boy who ran away from his...
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The Sacrifice of Polyxena at the Tomb of Achilles, painted by Giovanni Battista Pittoni the Younger (c. 1687-1767)

This painting, created by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Pittoni the Younger (c. 1687-1767), was inspired by the tragic myth of Polyxena, a Trojan...

Sappho of Lesbos And The Husband Hoax

Sappho was a woman from the Greek island of Lesbos who prolifically composed songs and poems during the late 7th and early 6th centuries...

Aeneas On Delos, By Claude Lorrain (c. 1600-1682)

This drawing, by the French artist Claude Lorrain (c. 1600-1682), was inspired by an episode from the Aeneid, an epic poem by the Roman...

Mercury And Battus, Painted By Francisque Millet (c. 1642–1679)

This painting, created by the French artist Francisque Millet (c. 1642–1679), draws its inspiration from a myth about the god, Mercury (the Roman equivalent...

Dictatorship Offered To Cincinnatus, Painted By Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (c. 1696–1770)

This painting, by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (c. 1696–1770), re-creates a famous legend from the days of the early Roman Republic. The...

Aeneas On Delos, By Claude Lorrain (c. 1600-1682)

This drawing, by the French artist Claude Lorrain (c. 1600-1682), was inspired by an episode from the Aeneid, an epic poem by the Roman...

Lucan

Lucan (c. 39-65) "Among the thousand ways to die, only one is feared— the one you're about to die of." From Lucan’s Civil War (Book 3,...

Coriolanus At The Gates Of Rome, Painted By Franz Anton Maulbertsch (c. 1724–1796)

This painting, by the Austrian artist Franz Anton Maulbertsch (c. 1724–1796), was inspired by an ancient Roman Legend. Standing center stage by the tree...

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (c. 1667-1745) "I dare engage, these creatures have their titles and distinctions of honour; they contrive little nests and burrows, that they call...

Examination Of A Witch, Painted By Tompkins Harrison Matteson (c. 1813–1884)

This painting was created by the American artist, Tompkins Harrison Matteson (c. 1813–1884), and is housed within the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts....

Margery Kempe

Margery Kempe (c. 1373-1439+) "It is a pity that money should succeed before truth." The Book of Margery Kempe (Book 1, chapter 25), dictated by Margery...

The Assassination Of Edward The Martyr, By Joseph Martin Kronheim (c. 1810–1896)

This illustration, created by the German artist Joseph Martin Kronheim (c. 1810–1896), depicts the final moments of King Edward the Martyr of England, who...
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